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If the Los Angeles Lakers aren't built for the NBA Playoffs, then who are?
The Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs have lost four straight games, and their star trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have all missed time due to recent injuries.
The Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls, although performing at a high level, are relatively unproven in the postseason.
The Boston Celtics were soundly defeated by the Lakers last season, and the Lakers are somewhat improved this year.
The Dallas Mavericks have never experienced significant levels of success in the playoffs, and moreover, after losing five of their last 12, they are no longer playing as well as they were earlier this season.
The Miami Heat have experienced well-documented struggles against the league's best teams.
And the list could go on and on.
So basically, after evaluating all of their strengths and the weaknesses of their potential opponents, it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers are the team which is best-built for success in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.